Back to school in September?

A new academic year brings a fresh start and the opportunity to develop skills and learning. With this in mind, we asked our members about their goals and what they’re hoping to achieve in the next year.

We wanted to know if individuals were looking to develop themselves and their business, or if they were thinking of refreshing their skills set. Others may be wanting to start afresh and register for a new qualification.

The Department of Education reported in July 2017 that in the first three quarters of the 2016/17 academic year 1,966,500 learners aged 19 and over were participating in government-funded adult further education. Whilst 430,500 adult learners had been reported as participating on a community learning course.

The data also showed that 879,500 participants were on an Apprenticeship so far in 2016/17, compared to 814,400 at this time in 2015/16, showing an increase of 8.0 per cent.

In the academic year of 2016, over 7,000 adult learners were registered and undertaking a SFEDI Awards qualification equipping them with the skills they  need to go on to either start a business or gain employment.

Our research shows that businesses that invest in learning and development are more than three times as likely to be successful in both their personal and business life.

Our members are shining examples of how they are reaching their potential through investing their time in learning and development.  Take a look at a selection of the responses we received…

I have just accepted the post of “Entrepreneur in Residence” at Northumbria University, allowing me to work with the next generation of Entrepreneurs to mentor and assist them in the development of themselves and their businesses.

Paul, IOEE Fellow

I’m starting the IOEE Mentoring qualification and then will share my experiences with other business owners.

Kate, IOEE Fellow

I am going back to university this year and I am going to do my IT course because I need to get my life back on track and I want get far in life.

Lucien, IOEE Studying member

I’ve just been matched with an IOEE mentor and I’m looking forward to having my first meeting with them next month.

Sammy, IOEE Affiliate

I’ve recently completed the Marketing course in the IOEE Campus and I’m going to try to make time to do some further modules.

Lisa, IOEE Associate